Platform: PS, Xbox One & PS4
Release Date: Out Now
The decision to move to an annual release for the Assassin’s Creed franchise is starting to take its toll on the series. As always it looks amazing, offers hours of gameplay and can be a lot of fun. However changing the location and characters is not enough to hide the aging recycled gameplay. Syndicate is an amazing game if taken on its own, but as the 9th title in the series, it feels like we have seen everything it has to offer.
The series has always set you in a massive stunning city bustling with life and this year is no different. The UK capital has seen its most well known landmarks recreated with stunning attention to detail, although their location in the city has been changed slightly for a better fit. Set in 1868 with the industrial revolution is in full swing. This age of innovation brings many leaps forward in terms of technology, it has not been particularly beneficial to the lower class who are used as little more than legal slaves. The working poor are starting to unit in the underworld and form new criminal gangs, this is an opportunity for our two heroes to make their impact.
As with all the games in the series they like to mix real life historical figures and locations with the fictional storyline. This year sees Charles Dickens, Alexander Graham Bell and Florence Nightingale to name a few assist our two heroes in taking back the city from under the control of the Templars.
The big change is that our two main characters are both playable, while you are pre-set a character for the story missions you can freely swap between them in free play. The male character is a cliché big dumb man that likes to punch things, and the female character is a cliché smarter than her brother character, but this gives you the option of playing as a fighter or playing a little stealthier. Despite this split both characters are likable and interact well together making the game a much more pleasant experience.